However, the Note's price tag puts the car among the angels. Both the mid-spec, three-pot-powered Ford Fiesta 1.0T EcoBoost and Renault Clio TCe 90 will match those running figures and do so while delivering a far more rewarding driving experience. The Note’s advantage – as it was before, and as we’ve already highlighted – is that neither rival can compete with its purpose-built practicality.
Measure it by this yardstick and its closest rival is an old foe: the Honda Jazz. Such a closeted comparison might return Nissan to precisely the same niche that it was hoping to avoid, but at least here, by roundly trouncing the elderly mover on running costs (and the Hybrid on price), it can persuasively claim to be an outright class leader.